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Precisely 400 years ago this coming November, the great Synod of Dort began its momentous work – and so we may this year expect to hear much about what this Synod accomplished. That Synod, of course, is known particularly for its publication of the Canons of Dort. But it ought not to be forgotten that this Synod also finalized a document in which the churches agreed how they would conduct themselves in church life. That’s the Church Order, officially known as the Church Order of Dort. Continue reading Do We Need The Church Order?

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People have interesting habits. The Babylonians of Ezekiel’s day believed that one of their gods, named Tammuz, died yearly when the fields turned brown. No worries, though; this god came alive again in due time, and when he did the fields turned green again. His coming alive wasn’t automatic; to ensure this god’s resuscitation, people had to bewail his death in autumn. Continue reading A Christmas Meditation

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This past week many in the Christian world paused to reflect on the movement begun 500 years ago last October 31 in Wittenberg. Very correctly, many of us paused also, be it with the assistance of the assemblies put on at John Calvin School or at Guido, or perhaps by attending the Reformation Rally hosted at Redeemer College. For my part, I’d like to take a moment today to put this anniversary celebration into the context of what’s happening in today’s North American culture. To do that I intend first to discuss in one paragraph what the Reformation was about, and then consider the significance of today’s Halloween. Continue reading The Reformation

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A recent discussion around the Consistory table revealed that the elders in Smithville are concerned about the ease with which our Young People (and some not so young) strike up a romantic relationship with a person outside the church. As a result of that discussion, the elders have encouraged me to republish a Bit to Read first published in early 2015 about dating. The brothers wish the members of the congregation to remind each other that dating someone outside the faith is sin before God. The brothers wish the congregation to understand too that dating someone from an unfaithful church is also contrary to God’s revealed will. In the slightly reworked article reprinted below, I’ll draw attention first to what the 1st commandment says about dating, then to what the 2nd commandment says about dating, and then I’ll wrap it all up with some specific detail. Continue reading Dating – who?

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Join us for some Family Day food & fun!

Monday, February 20th, 2017
320 Station Street – John Calvin School Gymnasium

Schedule of events:

  • Doors open at 11:00am for coffee and to allow time for everyone to drop off their entries.
  • The food sampling begins at 12:00pm and closes at 2:00pm for vote counting.
  • Doors close at 3:00pm.

If we’ve had some snow, the children are welcome to bring along a sled and enjoy the snow hill. We’ll have a fire pit, seating, and warm drinks for adults to keep warm outside.

Inside, you can sample and enjoy as many of the soup and chilli entries that you can manage and vote for your favourite in each category. Small prizes and bragging right will be awarded to those with the most votes!

We’d love to see many delicious entries! To enter your soup or chilli, simply email familydaycookoff@gmail.com and let us know that you’re coming and what you hope to bring!

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Some time back in May, I think it was, those responsible for organizing the graduation event for the Guido Class of 2016 asked me provide the parents’ address to the students. I take the liberty to share the resulting address via this Bit to Read. The ceremony was held Saturday, October 1. Continue reading Nothing but your best

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The latest consistory meeting reminded me that the elders are chaffing at the bit in their eagerness to get into their annual home visits. Delightful; enthusiasm in the Lord’s service is contagious! So in the coming weeks each address in the congregation may expect an approach from their elders for a visit. Each of us, of course, are eager to receive them. Continue reading A New Home Visiting Season

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I feel somewhat uncomfortable preparing this Bit to Read. Writing as a man to men about the role of the man in marriage comes somewhat naturally to me. But writing as a woman to women does not come naturally to me; in his wisdom, the Lord has not included me among those belonging to the fairer gender. The tempting course for me is to defer this Bit to Read to a woman…. Continue reading The Role of the Wife in Marriage

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